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>> i thought it was a difficult day for this convention, which you know, it was clear yesterday that they didn't have -- kind of a rocky beginning before last night. and, you know, they had the problems with the platform and they had the problems, answering the question, are you better off and the president had given himself an incomplete, all suggesting that rust might be on the machine. and then this scene out here today, when they tried to fix that, they had three boys voices if you are going to declare it passed, why not diclair it on the first try?
i felt badly for mayor villaraigosa up there. like a deer in the headline lights. he had a woman tell him over his shoulder, you have to let them do what they are going to do. i think this is sandra fluke. >> we will listen in. she is an advocate for reproductive rights, came to national prominence after her comments on that issue. we'll take a listen to what the former georgetown law grad and law grad/attorney has to say. >> a hearing on contraception. in fact, on that panel they didn't hear from a single woman, even though they were debating an issue that affects nearly every woman. because if happened in congress, people noticed. but it happens all the time. foo many women are shut out and
silenced. while i am honored to be standing at this podium teasily could have been any one of you. i am here because i spoke out. and this november, each of us must speak out. during this campaign, we have heard about two profoundly different features that could await women in this country and how one of those futures looks like an offensive, obsolete, relic of our past. warnings of that future are not distractions, they are not imagined. that future could become real in that america, your president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to
silence a private citizen with hateful slurs. a man who won't stand up to those slurs or any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party. it would be an america in which you have a new vice-president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventible deaths in our emergency rooms. an america in which they humiliate women by forcing us to endure invasive ultrasounds that we don't want, and our doctors say that we don't need. and america in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it. [cheering]
an america in which politicians redefine rape and victims are victimized all over again. in which someone decides which domestic violence victims deserve access to services and which... don't. we know what this america would look like and in a few short months, that's the america that we could be. but that's not the america that we should be and it's not who we are! [cheers and applause] wree have another america that we could choose n. that america, we would have the right to
choose. [cheering] >> it's an america in which no one can charge us more than men for the exact same health insurance. in which no one can deny us affordable access to the cancer screenings that could save our lives. in which we decide when to start our families. an america in which our president, when he hears that a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters, not his delegates or his donors. [cheering] >> and in which our president stands with all women and strangers come together and reach out and lift her up.
and then, instead of trying to silence her, you invite me here. and you give me this microphone to amplify our voice. [cheering] that's the difference. over the last six months, viseen what these two futures look like and six months from now, we are all going to be living in one future or the other. but only one. a country where our president either has our backs or turns his back. a country that honors our foremothers by moving us forward or one that forces our
generation to refight battles that they already won. a country where we mean it when we talk about personal freedom. or one where that friem doesn't apply to our bodies or to our voices. we talk often about choice. well, ladies -- and gentlemen... it's now time to choose. [cheering] >> that was sandra fluke, she came to prominence after offering testimony in capitol hill and she was had a dustup with rush limbaugh. she wanted cont traceptive
coverage in the obamacare and she believed it should remain in there and gave what is now infamous testimony about how certain georgetown law students valid to pay up to $3,000 a year for their own birth control. then she was attacked by some on the right, including rush. you can hear the bulk of her remarks focused on why mitt romney didn't stand up for her or to quote the extreme bigoted voices in his own party. very focused on what happened in her own particular situation. back now to our panel. steve hayes, joe trippi and brit hume. >> it is almost a miracle that she survived the pro-life administration of george w. bush. i don't believe the alternate fantasy universe she is describing will ever come to play. mitt romney was a pro-choice candidate when he ran several years ago. >> joe, i mean, is this the way, this day shaping up, leading up to president clinton, the way that democrats have hoped? >> look, i think tonight's been a little flat, compared to last
night. but i think, what they have been trying to do, i think last night and tonight is keep the gender gap moving. this is -- last night with michelle obama and tonight's speakers have been clearly trying to continue to push romney and tonight particularly with sandra fluke, to push romney to push him to the extremes on cant rasept whereon and social issues that affect women. right now, that's working for obama. you know, people like to take about, well, there is a gap with men, that romney leads on. but i think the obama people figured out, they can keep the gap with women and hispanics and to keep forcing that out. don't let romney close it, which they may have been worried about, with the ann romney speech. i think some of this is a reaction to that. >> you point out, the man we saw on stage, jim sin gel, speaking
about business and the way forward. brit, tonight, we have elizabeth warren, the senate candidate in massachusetts and then leading in to president clinton. what do you expect from both speeches? >> well, elizabeth warren's speech has been... put out. i have seen it. i don't think it will surprise anyone. she, like sandra fluke, will be a big hero and a big -- will get a big boost from this audience. it's what is unclear to me is whether, if you look out at what barack obama faces this fall, whether either of these speakers is the kind of speaker who will make people who are undecided or perhaps inner-- indisposed, i am not sure that -- i mean, single women, i think single women are
going to vote for barack obama. i see in this convention so far, a parade of speakers and messages that seem to me, designed to solidify people who are already for him. it's a little puzzling to me. i don't sense so far, outreach. maybe bill clinton will take care of that. of course, he is certified centrist and has been much of his career. perhaps his message will get that job done, but i am not say seeing it yet. >> one of the things is that bill clinton in 1994 turned his whole presidency around, when he lost congress, dramatically. he triangulated was the word that was used, took republican idea, made them his own and moderated. that is not what barack obama did after 2010. >> no. we certainly haven't seen any indication that president obama had done that over the final 2 years of his term. there has been, i would say in the last week, some suggestion that perhaps he will make a bow toward the center, in this
convention. we haven't seen it yet, much in evidence yet. but remember, the speech with the second quartered press, the day before the republican national convention, he said he was willing to reach out to republicans and seek compromise with republicans in a second obama term. again, we haven't seen much evidence that he is willing to do that. but he started to sound notes that at least sound more conciliatory. >> joe, where so far is the focus onions and the debt? we have heard a lot about women's reproductive rights and president obama's philosophy. >> we are going to hear a lot about that with bill clinton, former president. he first -- first of all, he is the perfect person. last time, most americans can remember having a strong vibrant economy and massive job creation was bill clinton. he can be the arbiter between the policies of obama and what obama did, versus what romney
proposes or -- and at the same time -- and do it in a way that takes on bush a little bit without dising him. he is very goingad that. he is -- he has a lot of affection for george bush, a love democrats have some chagrin about that. but i think he is going to be able to do that. i agree with brit, though, that -- you know, this convention seems to be sort of a tip to the hat of there are no undecideds left or so few that the convention is geared towards making sure that the base is energized and that those single women are energized and they reach out and -- and continue to move the base. this is going to be a base turnout election on both sides. i don't think they are going after the undecideds. >> is there the risk of alienating the other side? >> there absolutely is. this moment in american politics
is so interesting for exactly that reason. you are seeing the democrats, i think, preparing what is likely to be ear what heap has been a fairly ideological, aggressively liberal convention. on the other hand, you saw from republicans, not quite so much an ideological convention, the mitt romney speech was almost non-ideological, in a country where according to poll after poll, 45% are conservatives and 20% self-identify as liberals. liberals are being aggressive, ideologically and conservativesser less aggressive. >> let's check in with chris wallace on the floor and we are ready for elizabeth warren. you talked about the question of reaching out to other people. and one of the keys to bill clinton tonight is that hayreally want him to white, work-class voters, especially white, working-class men. that has always been a very tough sell for barack obama.
the so-called bubba voters fits into bill clinton's wheel house. so they are hoping that he can reach out to them and help him build up -- they don't think they can win among white working-class voters, but they need to lose less badly. >> chris, you were down there, the last couple of nights. is it a different feel as have you seen the different speakers, come one by one. >> reporter: i forget the pab, joe trippi, it's a remarkably flat evening. it's been a succession of speakers, a love identity politics. hispanics and various other groups and there is a lot identity politics and the crowd doesn't seem that energized. now elizabeth warren's coming out. we'll see if things change. >> >> caller: lesbith warren, candidate for u.s. senate in massachusetts, trying to reclaim the seat of teddy kennedy, now held by moderate republican
scott brown. scott brown is slightly in the lead right now. she worked with president obama overseeing the t.a.r.p. program. and then left public service to go run for senate in massachusetts. we will take a listen as she tries to cement her candidacy in massachusetts and lift this president. she is also, of course, the full defense of the "you didn't build that" theme which has emerged here. listen to her message here tonight. [cheering] [crowd chanting] >> i never thought i would run for the senate. i sure never dreamed that i would be the warmup act for president bill clinton. [cheering]
>> he's an amazing man who had the good sense to marry one of the coolest women on this planet. [cheering] >> i want to give a special shoutout to the massachusetts delegation... i am counting on you to help me win and to help president obama win. i am here tonight to talk about hard-working people. people who get up early, stay up late, cook dinner and help out with homework, people who can be counted on to help their kids, their parents, their neighbors and the lady down the street whose car broke down. people who work their hearts out, but are up against a hard truth. the game is rigged against them. it wasn't always this way. like a lot of you, i grew up in a family on the ragged emgs of the middle class. my daddy told carpeting andenned
up as maintenance man. after he hadda a heart attack, my mom worked the phones at sears so we could hang on to our house. all three of my brothers served in the military. one was career -- [applause] >> the second, a good union job in construction. and the third started a small business. me? i was waiting tables at 13 and married at 19. i graduated from public schools and taught elementary school. [cheering] >> i have a wonderful husband, who two great children and three beautiful grandchildren. i am grateful down to my toes for every opportunity that america gave me. this is a great country. i grew up in an america that invested in its kids and built a strong middle class, that
allowed millions of children to rise from poverty and establish secure lives. an america that created social security and medicare, so that seniors could live with dignity. an america in which each generation built something solid so the next generation could build something better. but now...: for many years, our middle class has been chipped, squeezed and hammered. talk to the construction worker i met from malden, massachusetts, who went nine months without fining work. talked to the head of a manufacturing company in frank lib, trying to protect jobs, but worried about rising costs. talked to the student in would have ther who worked hard to finish his degree and now he's drowning in debt.
their fight is my fight. and it's barack obama's fight, too! [cheers and applause] >> people feel like the system is rigged against them. and here's the painful part. they're right. the system is rigged. look around. oil companies guzzle down billions in profits. billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. and wall street ceos, the same one who is wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs still strut around congress, no shame, demanding favors and acting like we should thank them. does anyone here have a problem with that? [cheering] >> i do, too. i do, too.
i talk to small business owners all across massachusetts. and not one made big bucks from the risky bets that brought down our economy. i talked to nurses and programmers, salespeople and firefighters, people who bust their tails every day and not one of them, not one stashes their money in the cayman islands to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. [cheering] these folks don't care that someone else made more money. we are americans. we celebrate success. we just don't want the game to be rigged. we fought to level the playing field before. about a century ago, when corrosive greed threatened our economy and our way of life, the
american people came together under the leadership of teddy roosevelt and other progressives to bring our nation back from the brink. we started to take children out of factories and put them in schools. we began to give meaning to the words consumer protection by making food and medicine safe. and we gave the little guys a better chance to compete by preventing the big guys from rigging the markets. we turned adversity into progress because that's what we do! americans are fighters. we are tough, resourceful and creative. and if we have the chance to fight on a level playing field, where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot,
then no one -- no one can stop us. [cheers and applause] >> president obama gets it because he's spent his life fighting for the middle class. and now, he is fighting to level that playing field because we know the economy doesn't grow from the top down but from the middle class out and the bottom up. that's how we create jobs. and reduce the debt. and mitt romney -- he wants to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, but for middle-class families who are hanging on by their fingernails, his plan will hammer them with a new tax hike of up to $2,000. [boos from crowd]
>> mitt romney wants to give billions in breaks to big corporations. but he and paul ryan would pulverize financial reform, voucherrize medicare and vaporize obamacare. [boos from crowd] >> the republican vision is clear. i got mine-- the rest of you are on your own. republicans say they don't believe in government. sure, they do. they believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. [cheering] after all, mitt romney's the guy who said, corporations are people. no, governor romney, corporations are not people. people have hearts. they have kids.
they get jobs. they cry. they dance. they live. they love. and they die. and... [cheering] and that matters! that matters! that matters because we don't run this country for corporations. we run it for people. and is why we need barack obama! [cheering] >> after the financial crisis, president obama knew that we had to clean up wall street. for years, families had been tricked by credit cards, folled by student loans and cheated on mortgages. i had an idea for a consumer financial protection agency to stop the ripoffs. [cheering]
>> now, the big banks sure didn't like it. and they marshaled one of the biggest lobbying forces on earth to destroy the agency before it ever saw the light of day. american families didn't have an army of lobbyists on our side. what we had was a president. president obama was leading the way. and when the lobbyists were closing in for the kill, barack obama squared his shoulders, planted his feet and stood firm and that's how we won. that agency got one -- caught one of the biggest credit card companies cheating its customers
and made them give back every pen tetook plus millions of dollars in fines. that's what happens when you have a president on the side of the middle class. [cheers and applause] president obama believes in a level playing field. he believes in a country where nobody gets a free ride or a golden parachute, a country where anyone who has a great idea and rolls up their sleeves has a chance to build a business. and anyone who works hard can build security and raise a family. president obama believes in a country where billionaires pay their taxes just like their secretaries do. i can't believe in 2012, a country where women get equal pay for equal work he believes
in a country where everyone is held accountable. where no one can steal your purse on main street or your pension on wall street. [cheering] president obama believes in a country where we invest in education nroads and science and in the future so we can create new opportunities so the next kid can make it big and the kid after that and the kid after that. that's what president obama believes and that's how we build the economy of the future, an economy with more jobs and less debt. we root it in fairness, we grow
it with opportunity and we build it together. i grew up in the methodist church and taught sunday school. one of my favorite passages of scripture is sachz you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me. mathew 25:40. the passage teaches about god in each of us that that we are bound to each other and we are called to act, not to sit, not to wait, but to act. all of us, together senator ted kennedy understood that call. four years ago, he addressed our
convention for the last time. he said, we have never lost our belief that we are all called to a better country and a newer world. generation, after generation, americans have answered that call. and now, we are called again. we are called to restore tune for every american. we are called to give america's working families a fighting chance. we are called to build something solid so the next generation can build something better. so let me ask you let me ask you, america -- are you ready to answer this call? [cheering] >> are you ready to fight for good jobs and a strong middle class? [cheering] >> are you ready to work for a level playing field? [cheering] >> are you ready to --
[inaudible], another generation of americans that we can build a better country and a newer world? joe biden is ready. barack obama is ready. i'm ready. you're ready! thank you! [cheering] [cheering] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back the chair of the democratic national convention, los angeles mayor, antonio villaraigosa.
>> pursuant to our nominating rule, only one candidate has qualified to be the nominee of our party for president of the united states. [cheering] our next speaker will place before you, that nomination. >> unemployment in june was the highist since 1994. >> the u.s. economy has been in a recession. >> 10 million americans still officially unemployed. >> there is nothing wrong with america that cannot be cured by what is right with america! [cheers and applause] we believe that invest and grow economics is better than
trickle-down economics. we have got to go beyond the braip-dead politics in washington and give our people the kind of government they deserve, a government that works for them! don't stop believing in tomorrow. >> after years of hard work, the longest economic expansion in history, we proved that we could find a way to balance the budget and protect our values. we have lots of evidence that presidents who focus on the middle class get better results. i personally believe if the mrch people give you the honor of serving, should you keep on doing it when you leave office. i set up this foundation so that i could pursue causes that i could still have an impact on, as a private citizen. it is a results-oriented foundation, committed to taking on the world's biggest challenges. my life has been balance between fulfilling initiatives
that i always wanted and responding to things that come up. >> what should i share back? everybody counts. everybody deserves a chance. everybody's got a responsibility to fulfill. we all do better when we work together. >> he has helped to create a model for individual responsibility and collective action that all of us are going to be studying for a very long time. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome president bill clinton. [cheering]
fair share of adversity and uncertainty. i want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before his election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the great depression, a man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs that he saved or created, there would still be millions more waiting. worried about feeding their own kids, trying to keep their hopes alive. i want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside... [cheering] but who burns for america on the inside. [cheering] >> i want... i want a man who
believes with no doubt that we can build a new american dream activity with education and creativity and yes, by cooperation. and by the way, after last night, i want a man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama! [cheering] i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states and! i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party.
now, folks, in tampa, a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk. oh, about how the president and the democrats don't believe in free enterprise and individual initiative, how we want everybody to be dependent on the government, how bad we are for the economy... this republican narrative, this alternative universe says that... every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we are all completely self made. one of the greatest chairman of the democratic party ever had, bob strauss, used to say that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself.
look, as strauss then admitted, it ain't so. we democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real folks for poor folks to move into it with business and government actually working together to promote growth and broadly share prosperity. you see, we believe that we are all in this together is a far better philosophy than you are on your own! so, who's right? well... since 1961, for 52 years now, the republicans have held the white house 28 years.
the democrats, 24. in those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private-sector jobs. so what's the jobs score? republicans 24 million, democrats, 42. [cheering] there is a reason for this. it turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. why? because poverty discrimination and ignorance restrict growth. when you stifle human potential,
when you don't invest in new ideas, it doesn't just cut off the people who are affected, it hurts us all. we know that investments in education and infrastructure and sciveg and technological research increase growth. they increase good jobs and they create new wealth for all the rest of us. now... something vinoticed lately, you probably have, too. though i disagree with republicans, i never learned to hate them, the way they seem to hate our president and a lot of democrats. [cheering] that... that would be impossible for me
because president eisenhower sent federal troops to my home state to integrate little rock central high school. president eisenhower built the interstate highway system. when i was a governor, i worked with president reagan in and his white house on the first round of welfare reform and with president george h.w. bush on national education goals. i am actually very grateful -- if you saw from the film what i do today, i have to be grateful -- and you should be, too, that president george w. bush supported pet core, it saved the lives of millions of people in poor countries. and i have been honored to work with both presidents bush on national disasters in the aftermath of the south asian tsunami, hurricane katrina, the horrible earthquake in haiti. through my foundation, both in america and around the world, i am working all the time with democrat, republicans and
independents. sometimes, i couldn't will for thee for the life who i am working with because we fwoakus on solving problems and seizing student opportunities and not fighting all the time! cheering cheering and here's what i want to say to you and here's what i want the people at home to think about. when times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good... but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. what works in the real world is cooperation. what works in the real world is cooperation! business and government, foundations and universities... ask the mayors who are here.
los angeles is getting green and chicago's getting an infrastructure back because republicans and democrats are working together to get it. they didn't check their brains at the door, they didn't stop disagreeing, but their purpose was to get something done. now, why is this true? why does cooperation work better than constant conflict? because nobody's right all the time and a broken clock is right twice a day. every one of us...: every one of us and every one of them -- we're compelled to spend our fleeting lives between those extremes, knowing we are never going to right all the time and hoping we are right more than twice a day. unfortunately, the faction that now dominates the republican party doesn't see it that way. they think government is always the enemy, they're always right and compromise is weakness. just in the last couple of
elections, they defeated two distinguished republican senators because they dared to cooperate with democrats on issues important to the future of the country, even national security. they beat a republican congressman with almost 100% voting record on every conservative score because he said he realized he did not have to hate the president to disagree with him. boy, that was a non-starter and they threw him out. one of the main reasons we ought to re-elect president obama is that he is still committed to constructive cooperation. look at his record [applause] >> look at his record! look at his record. he appointed republican secretaries of defense, the army and transportation. he appointed a vice-president who ran against him in 2008. and he trusted that
vice-president to oversee the successful end of the war in iraq and the implementation of the recovery act. [cheering] >> and joe biden... joe biden did a great job with both! [cheering] >> president obama -- appointed several members of his cabinet, even though they supported hillary in the primary. heck... he even appointed hillary! [cheering]
>> i am very proud of her. i am proud of the job she and the national security team have done for americans -- [cheering] >> i am grateful that they have worked together to make it safer and stronger to build a world with more partnerships and fewer enemies. i am grateful for the relationship of respect and partnership she and the president have enjoy and the signal that sens to the rest of the world that democracy does not have to be a blood sport, it can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest. [cheering]
besides the national security team, i am very grateful to the men and women who served our count in uniform through these perilous times and i am especially grateful to michelle obam -- and to joe biden for supporting those military families while their loved ones were overseas. and...: for supporting our veterans when they came home. when they come home bearing the wounds of war, needing help to find education or jobs or housing. president obama's whole record on national security is a tribute to his strength, to his judgment and to his preference for inclusion and partnership over partisanship. we need more of it in washington, d.c. now, we all thap he also tried
to work with congressional republicans on health care, debt reduction and new jobs. and that didn't work out so well. [laughter] >> but it could have been because as the senate republican leader said in a remarkable moment of candor, two full years before the election, their number-1 priority was not to put america back to work, it was to put the president out of work. well... [boos from crowd]. >> wait a minute. senator, i mate to break it to you... but we are going to keep president obama on the job! are you ready for ha? are you willing to work for it?
wait a minute. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting four more years] >> in tampa... in tampa, did you watch the convention? i did. in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple, pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough. so fire him and put us back in. [cheers and applause] but they did it well. they looked good. it sounded good. they convinced me that... they all love their families and their children and were grateful
they had been born in america and all -- really -- i am not -- they did. and this is important. they convinced me they were honorable people who believe what they said and they are going to keep every commitment they have made. we have to make sure the american people know what those commitments are -- [cheering] >> because! because! in order to look like an acceptable, reasonable moderate alternate testify president obama, they just didn't say very much about the ideas they have offered over the last 2 years. they couldn't. because they want to go back to the same old politicses that got us in trouble in the first place. they want to cut taxes for high-income americans, even more than president bush d. they want to get rid of those pesky financial regulations, designed to prevent another crash and prohibit future bailouts. they want to actually increase defense spending over a decade, $2 trillion more than the pentagon has requested.
without saying what they will spend it on. and they want to make enormous cuts in the rest of the budget, especially programs that hddle r children. as another president once said, there they go again. [cheering] now... [cheering] i like the arguments for president obama's re-election a lot better. here it is. he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new job, vibrant new businesses and lots
of new wealth for innovators. now... are we where we want to be today? no. is the president satisfied? of course not! but are we better off than we were when he took office? [crowd yelling yes]. >> everybody... [cheering] >> when president barack obama took office, the economy was in free fall. it had shrunk nine full percent of gdp, we were losing 750,000ions a month! are we doing better than that today? the answer is yes. now, look... here's the challenge he faces and the challenge all of you who support him face. i get t. i know it. i have been there.
a lot of americans are still angry and frustrated about this economy. if you look at the numbers, you know employment is growing, banks are beginning to lend again. and a lot of places, the housing prices are beginning to pick up. but too many people do not feel it -- yet. i had the same thing happen in 1994 and early '95. we could see that the policies were working. that the economy was growing. but most people didn't feel it yet. thankfully, by 1996, the economy was roaring, everybody felt it and we were halfway through the longest peace-time expansion in the history of the united states. but...: wait, wait. the difference this time is purely in the circumstances. president obama started with a much weaker economy than i did.
listen to me now. no president -- no president -- not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the dmg that he found in just four years! [cheering] >> but he has laid the found -- foundation for a new, modern, successful economy, a shared prosperity. and if you will renew the president's contract, you will feel it. you will feel it. folks...: whether the american people believe what i just said or not may be the whole election.
i just want you to know that i believe it, with all my heart, i believe it! [cheering] now... why do i believe it? i'm fixing to tell you why. i believe it because president obama's approach embodies the values, the ideas and the direction america has to take to build a 21st century version of the american dream, a nation of shared opportunity, shared responsibilities, shared prosperity, a shared sense of community. so let's get back to the story n. 2010, as the president's recovery program kicked in, the job losses stopped and things began to turn around. the recovery act saved or created millions of jobs and cut taxes, let me say this again -- cut taxes for 95% of the american people.
and in the last 29 months, our economy has produced about 4 1/2 million private-sector jobs. [cheering] we could have done better, but last year the republicans blocked the president's job plan, costing more than 1 million new jobs. so here's another jobs score. president obama, plus 4.5 million. congressional republicans, zero. during this period... [cheering] >> during this period, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created under president obam a. that's the first time manufacturing jobs have increased since the 1990s. choring cheering. >> i'll tell you something
else -- the auto industry restructuring worked. it saved -- [cheering] >> it saved more than a million jobs and not just g.m., chrysler and their dealerships, but this auto parts manufacturing all over the country. that's why even the auto makers who wroont weren't part of the deal supported it. they needed to save those parts suppliers, too. like i said, we are all in this together. so there are now 250,000 more people working in the auto industry than on the day the companies were restructured. [cheering] now, we all know that governor romney opposed the plan to save g.m. and chrysler. [boos from crowd]. >> here's another jobs score.
are you listening in michigan and ojaio and across the country? [cheering] >> here's another jobs score. obama 250,000. romney ze-ro. now... the agreement the administration made with the management labor and environmental groups for double car mileage, that was a good deal too. tell cut your gas prices in half, your gas bill in half, no matter what the price is, if you double the mileage of your car, your bill will be half what it would have been, it will make us more energy independent and cut greenhouse gas emissions and according to several analysis, it will bring us a half million good new jobs into the american economy. [cheering]
>> the president's energy strategy, when he calls all of of the above is helping. the boom in oil and gas production has driven oil imports to a near 20-year low and natural gas production to an all-time high and renewable energy production has doubled. [cheering] mostly because the people that applied for them don't yet have the required skills today do them. so we have to prepare more americans for job that's are going to be created. the old economy is not coming back. we've got to build a new one and educate people to do those jobs.
the president and his education secretary supported community colleges and employers in working together to train people for jobs that are actually open in their communities. and more important, after a decade in which exploding college costs have increased a dropout rate so much, that the percentage of our young people with four year college degrees has gone down so much that we have dropped to 16th in the world. in the percentage of young people with college degrees. so... the president's student loan reform is more important than ever. here is what it does. here is what it does. you need to tell every voter where you live about this, it lowers the cost of federal student loans and gives students the right to repay
those loans as they clear fixed low percentage of their income for up to 20 years. now... what does this mean? what does this mean? think of it. it means no one will have to drop out of college again for fear they can't repay their debts. and it means that if someone wants to take a job with a modest income, teacher, police officer or a small town doctor in a little rural area, they won't have to turn those jobs down because they don't pay enough to repay the debt. their debt obligation will be determined by salary. this will change the future for young americans. i don't know about you but...
all of these issues i know we're better off because president obama made the decisions he did. now... that bring meez to health care. and republicans call it obama care. they say it's a government takeover. a disaster. and that it they'll repeel it. well... are they right? let's take a look at what is actually happened so far. first... individuals and businesses have already gotten more than a billion dollars in refunds from insurance companies because of new law requires 80% of your premiums to go to health care, not profits or promotions. and... the days are greater
than that because a bunch of insurance companies have applied to lower their rates to comply with requirements. second more than three million young people between 19-25 are insured for the first time because their parents policy can cover them. first. millions of seniors are receiving preventive care all the way from breast cancer screenings to tests for heart problems and scores of other things and younger people getting them, too. soon insurance companies not the government, the insurance companies will have millions of new customers, many of them middle class people with preexisting condition who's never could get insurance before. now, finally, this is it. for the last two years, after
going up in three times the rate of inflation for a decade, for the last two years, health care costs have been under 4% in both years for the first time in 50 years. so... let me ask you something. are we better off because president obama fought for health care reform? you bet we are. and there are two other attacks on the president in tampa. i think deserve an answer. first both governor romney and congressman ryan attacked the president for allegedly robbing medicare. $716 billion. that is the same tax they leveled against congress in to 10. they got a lot of votes on it. but it's not true.
look. here is what really happened you be the judge. here is what happened. there were no cuts to benefits at all. none. what the president did was to save money, by taking recommendations of a commission of professionals, to cut unwarranted subsidies to providers and insurance companies that where not making people healthier and were not necessary to get the provider to provide the service. and instead of raiding medicare, he used the savings to close the doughnut hole in the medicare drug program. and... you have to listen carefully to this. this is really important z add eight years to the life of the medicare trust fund. it's solvent until 2024.
so... so president obama and the democrats didn't weaken medicare. they strengthened medicare. congressman ryan looked into that tv camera and attacked president obama's medicare savings as quote, the biggest, coldest, power play, i didn't know whether to laugh or cry. because... that $716 billion is exactly to the dollar the same amount of medicare savings that he has in his own budget. he ought to get one thing, it
takes brass to attack a guy for doing what you did. [ cheering ] so... now you're having a good time but this getting serious and i want to you listen. it's important. because a lot of people believe this stuff. now, at least on this issue, and this one issue, governor romney has been consistent. he... he attacked president obama, too. but he actually wants to repeal savings and give money back to the insurance companies. he wants to go back to the old system means we'll reopen the
doughnut hole and force seniors to pay more for drugs and will reduce the lives of the medicare trust fund by eight full years. so... if he's elected, and if he does what he promised to do, medicare will now grow broke in 2016. think about that. that means... after all we won't have to wait until their voucher program kicks in in 2023 to see the end of medicare as we know it. they're going to do it to us sooner than we thought. now... folks this is serious because it gets worse. and you won't be laughing when i finish telling you this. they also want to block grant medicaid and cut it by a third over coming 10 years. of course that is going to
hurt a lot of poor kids. but that is not all. a lot of folks don't know i nearly two thirds of medicaid is spent on nursing home seniors who are eligible for medicaid. it's going to end medicare as we know it. and ney is also spent to help people with disabilities. including... a lot of middle class families whose kids have down's syndrome or autism, or other severe conditions and... honestly let's think about it. if that happens, i don't want those families are going to do. i know what i'm going to do. i'm going to do everything i can to see that it doesn't happen. we can't let it happen.
we can't. now... wait a minute. let's look at the other big charge the republicans made. it's a real doozy. they actually have charged and run ads, saying that president obama wants to weaken the work requirements in the welfare reform bill i signed that moved people from welfare to work. wait. you need to know... here is what happened. nobody ever tells you what really happened here is what happened. when some republican governors
ask if they can have waivers to try new ways to put people on welfare back to work, the obama administration listened. because we all know it's hard for even people with good work histories to get jobs today so moving from welfare to work is a real challenge. and administration agreed to give waivers to those governors and others only if they had a credible plan to increase imemployment by 20%, they can keep waivers only if they did increase emmoimt. did i make myself clear? requirement was for more work, not less. so... this is personal to me. we moved millions of people off welfare, it's one of the reasons in eight years ways president there were 100 times as many people move out of
poverty into middle class than happened under the previous 12 years, 100 times as many. it's a big deal. i am tell ug the claim president obama weaken welfare reform work requirement is just not true. but... they keep on running ads claiming it. do you know want to know why? their campaign poster said we are not going to let our campaigns be dictated by fact checkers. now... finally, i can say that is true! i... i couldn't have said it better myself. i hope you and every american would ever sound of my voice
remembers it every time they see one of those ads and it turns into an ad to reelect barack obama and keep fundamental principles of personal empourmt to move everybody into job and to work as soon as we can. and now... let's talk about the debt. today interest rates are low, lower than the rate of inflation, people are practically paying us to borrow money. but it will become a big problem when the economy grows and interest rates start to rise. we've got to deal with this big long term debt problem or it will deal with us. it will gobble up a bigger percentage of the federal government that we'd rather spend on education, health care and science and technology. we've got to deal witness. the president offered a reasonable plan of $4 trillion in debt reduction over a
decade. with two and a half trillion coming from -- for every two and a half trillion in spending cuts he raises $1 in new revenue. and he has tight controls on future spending. that is the kind of balanced approached proposed by a bipartisan commission. now i think this plan is way better than governor romney's plan. first... the romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility. the numbers just don't add up. i mean... consider this. what would you do if you had this problem, someone says there is a big debt problem. we've got to reduce the debt. so first thing he says we're going to do, well, reducing debt we're going to have another $5 trillion in tax cuts. heavily waited for low income people so. we'll make the debt
hole bigger before we start to get out of it. when you say what are you going to do about the $5 trillion you just added on? they say we'll make it up by eliminating... loopholes in the tax code. so then you ask, well, which loopholes? how much? you know what they say? see me about that after the election. i'm not making it up. that is their position. see me about that after the election. now people ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. what new ideas do we bring to washington? i give a one word answer. arithatic. arithmetic. if they say it's $5 trillion tax cut plan, in a debt
reduction plan? the arithmetic tells us no matter what they say, one of three things is about to happen. one... assuming they try to do what they say they'll do, pay covered by deductions, one they'll have to eliminate so many deductions like the ones for home mortgages and chairitable giving that middle class families will see their tax bill go up an average of $2,000 and anyone who makes $3 million or more will see their tax bill go down $250,000. or... two, they'll have to cut so much spending that they'll obliterate the budget for national parks for ensuring clean air, clean water, safe food and air travel.
they'll cut back on pell grants, early childhood education, child nutrition program that's help to empower middle class families and help poor kids. oh, they'll cut back on investments in roads and science, and technology and biomedical research. that is what they'll do. they'll hurt the middle class and the poor, putting the future on hold. to give tax cuts to upper income people who have been getting it all along. or three... despite of the rhetoric they'll just do what they've been doing for 30 years, cut taxes more than cutting spending, and they'll just expose the debt and weaken the economy. and they'll destroy the federal government's ability to help you by letting interest gobble up your taxes. payments. don't you ever forget when you hear them talking about this
that republican economic policy quadrupled national debt before i took office in the 12 years before i took office. and double the debt in eight years after i left. because it defied arithmetic. it was a highly inconvenient thing for them i was just a country boy from arkansas and came from a place where people still thought two and two was four. it's arithmetic. we simply cannot afford to give the reigns of government to someone who will double down on trickle down.
think about this. president obama's plan cuts the debt, honors our values, brightens the future of children, families and nation it's a heck of a lot better. it passes arithmetic test and far more importantly, it passes the values test. my fellow americans... all of us in this grand hall and everybody watching at home, when we vote in this election we'll be deciding what kind of country we want to live n if you want a winner take all, you're on your own society you should support the republican ticket. but if you want a country of shared opportunities and responsibility, a we're all in this together society, you should vote for barack obama
and joe biden. if you... if you want america if you want every american to vote and you think it is wrong to change voting procedures just to reduce the turn out of younger, poorer, minority and disabled voters you should support barack obama. yeah. if you think the president was right, to open the doors of american opportunity to all of those young immigrants brought
here when they're young so they can serve in the military or go to college, you must vote for barack obama. if... if you want a few tour of shared prosperity where the middle class is growing and poverty declining where the american dream is alive and well and united states maintains leadership as a force for peace and justice and pros pert in this highly competitive world, you have to vote for barack obama. look. i love our country so much. and i know we're coming back for more than 200 years through every crisis, we've always come back. people have predicted our demise ever since george
washington was criticized for being a mediocre surveyor with a bad set of wooden false teeth, so far, every person bet against america lost money. because we always come back. we come through every fire a little stronger and a little better. and we do it because in the end we decide to champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives and fortunes and sacred honor. the cause of forming a more perfect union. must fellow americans... if that is what you want, if that is what you believe, you must vote and you must reelect president barack obama. god bless you. and god bless america.
>> president barack obama coming on stage to meet with former president clinton. democrats turning back the page to talk about the future. the former president coming out to his 1992 theme song "don't stop thinking about tomorrow" with a voice perhaps more ras py he placed barack obama's name in nomination saying he wanted to nominate a man cool on the sout side but burns for america on the inside. throughout the speech waits laced with criticisms of republicans harkening back to the tampa convention saying the republican narrative is an alternative universe charging republicans want, a you're on your own society. i will say many of the lines appeared to be ad libed throughout the speech. it was a long speech, almost 50 minutes but different than the released text in places.
and several lines as bill clinton has done many times had that feel of i feel your pain. but he inserted barack obama gets it saying he could not have repaired damage in the u.s. economy. he founded just four years. mitt romney and republicans point to barack obama himself and on the today show of february, 2009 saying if he didn't turn the economy around in three years it would be a one term proposition. they thought he was a rock star here, clearly. >> you mentioned i can feel your pain narrative and you can hear it, listen to me now, this is serious. you won't be laughing after this next part. and the crowd ate it up. the remarks were almost 50 minutes, in length. that is considerably longer than that 1988 address he gave at the democratic national convention which was 32
minutes long and had the crowd booing him and had them cheering him when he got to the part in conclusion. very different result for the former president here tonight. want to bring in our panel on this. steve hays, joe trippi and brit human. >> it took me back having covered him as long as i did. i've always said if i were ever in trouble and if i were guilty, especially if i were guilty i would want bill clinton there to defend me. nobody does it better, he's the most talented politician i ever covered and the most charming man i've met. no one in my view can mount an argument more effectively than he can. that doesn't mean everything he said was true. the passage arguing against the view of the $716 billion medicare cut was loaded with snake oil and so forth but this was clinton. and what i would say is that
it had strengthed of a standard clinton speech, engaging, convincing, able to deal with facts but it was wonky. he got off into policy details at greater length and self indull jent and 30% too long. and in this hall... just making a quick note, jobs, medicare, immigration, are we better off than four years ago? on it went from there. >> you should point out, joe, going on behind us is the official role call. this is the order of to officially have the delegates nominated including president obama over the top. and this is expected to go on sometime. but it will be unanimous. there won't be any other delegates like we saw in tampa. >> i think bill clinton may have picked up a few tonight. >> you know joe your thoughts about the speech? he did sound a number of times
familiar theme president obama wants to work more across the aisle. first lady did the same thing last night. but you know that congressional republicans and republicans around the country would say... they just hadn't seen that up until now. >> i mean, i think there are a lot of reasons for that. he did point out a certain senator almost immediately said job one is to make sure barack obama doesn't, is a one term president. i think mitch mcconnell. you know, tellingly bill clinton tonight didn't say his name. he just, he just said a senator. what i was struck by, though, is that i expected him to touch on osama bin laden. and here is the -- and here is to hope i would have done the same thing. >> saving it for biden, perhaps. >> maybe. maybe that. is it. but they didn't do that. there are lines here that are going to sti.